World Meeting of Conservative Families
from Deb Word (Board Member | Memphis, TN)
WMoCF, at least that was how it seemed to us. I spent my days working the exhibit hall, the lunch room, the hallways and once-the ladies room. Bedecked in rainbow ribbons so generously provided by board member Jenny Naughton, I was a bit of a target for those who thought ‘we shouldn’t be there’ and the hugs of those who shared our regret about the “table” There was the occasional eye contact, head shake and look of … heretic. But that was not the norm. 99% of the PEOPLE I met welcoming and wonderful.
A Tale of Two Meetings
from Ed Buechel (Board Member | Edgewood, KY)
In Philadelphia I experienced a "Tales of Two Meetings". The first was the "official" World Meeting of Families. The second was a series of discussions with individuals and attendance at meetings and events presented by Fortunate Families, New Ways Ministry, and other organizations. The former included sessions about the role of families in the Catholic Church but only one session focused on gay and lesbian persons in the Church. The latter included talking to individuals attending the sessions and staffing booths in the Exhibit Hall and attendance at Parent Gatherings presented by Fortunate Families, "TransForming Love: Exploring Gender Identity from Catholic Perspectives" presented by New Ways Ministry, "Full of Grace: Journeys of LGBT Catholics", a wonderful play, and the LGBT Family Papal Picnic hosted by Keystone Catholics.